26 Oct, 2020
It’s October, so you know exactly what that means: Cyber Security Awareness Month is upon us, and we couldn’t be happier. You already know that we’re about as passionate about cyber security as you can get, and this month we’re over the moon to be able to share our passion and help to give back. There really hasn’t been a more interesting time to be involved in cyber security, for better or for worse, as the working world has taken a step towards digital working and the full consequences of that change are yet to be fully seen.
Working from home has been heaven for some, and hell for others. It has been an opportunity for some to save the hours spent on the daily commute, and to spend the time with families that they have always wanted. For others, it has been months of being trapped inside their home, unable to see friends and colleagues in the office and being forced to work in less-than-suitable situations. Whatever your view on the working from home situation, the challenge posed to cyber security professionals is massive. With 47% of the workforce at home for at least part of the week, the strain on both Internet providers and business networks has been quite the obstacle to overcome, along with the security risk that goes along with them.
The campaign behind Cyber Security Awareness Month hopes to go some way towards solving these problems. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to the issues, yet. Each business and individual will have their own risks and levels of expertise, and accessibility to a variety of cyber security options is always very important to us. We hope to be able to use the case studies of major cyber attacks to highlight just how important good cyber security is to a business. Firms like Garmin, Easyjet, Twitter, and even the UN’s International Maritime Organisation have all been recent victims of attacks, showing that even a well-funded cyber security strategy can be beaten if individuals aren’t practising good cyber hygiene.
Encouraging good cyber hygiene for everyone is an important part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, and for good reason. A misconception has developed, whereby people can rely entirely on anti-virus and their business’ security to protect them from all kinds of cyber attacks online. That’s just not right. Individuals have to be doing their part to protect themselves from risk. This can be just as simple as using a strong password, or all the way up to getting private cyber security, every person needs a cyber security solution that is just as unique as they are. The cliché may be horrendous, but the point is very valid, and goes the same for businesses, an early stage startup will need a different solution to a multinational.
Investing in cyber security at early stages, particularly for smaller businesses, can save a substantial amount later on. A competent CSO or CISO brought on early doors can set out a long-term strategy on how the cyber security needs of the business will develop as the business grows. Even with an experienced professional on board, every individual still needs to be aware of their own cyber risk, and practicing good cyber hygiene is always an absolute must.
That’s where platforms like Jenny come in and show what they can really do. With every individual and business needing a bespoke solution to fit their needs, platforms where they can find the perfect fit are a lifesaver. It also provides the opportunity for vendors to get their products on the same stage as established names like Kaspersky, CISCO, and Fujitsu, which can be so beneficial for a cyber security startup taking its first steps. It’s that tech-agnostic and unbiased approach that makes Jenny and possible platforms like her such a key innovation in the field.
We’re so proud to be some of the first to get started, but we’re even prouder to be part of a community that is always looking to improve and develop new ways to help the individuals and businesses that need it. This Cyber Security Awareness Month we’re calling on everyone to do their part, pull together and work together to improve cyber security for everyone. Not just the experts, not just the experienced…everyone.